Wednesday, April 8, 2015

You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!

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You Wouldn't Want to Be Sick in the 16th Century!
by Kathryn Senior
Illustrated by David Antram
Franklyn Watts, 2014. Nonfiction. 32 p.

This is one of the newest additions to the "You Wouldn't Want To..." series.  This one discusses sicknesses and medical practices in Tudor England.  The conversational text follows a boy who becomes a physicians apprentice in 1545.  It discusses blood letting, humors, amputations, and the plague.  The book is illustrated with exaggerated cartoons, word bubbles and factoid boxes.  Senior includes a simple timeline and glossary.  This is a great book that teaches both history and science in a format that will appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys, who delight in the "gross out" factor.

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